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Te Mata Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2022 - Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2022 - Hawkes Bay

Vintage: 2022 | Type: Reds | Producer: Te Mata Estate
Region: New Zealand North Island
Blend: 84% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot and 3% cabernet franc
Alc: 13.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

The Real Review
Wine Orbit
The Wine Front
Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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Coleraine ’22 harnesses the energy and complexity of Te Mata cabernet sauvignon, on show at its highest level since the first Coleraine in 1982.

The beautiful floral aromas of lavender, violet, plum and blackcurrant, are all in orbit around the wine’s dark savoury core of tightly wound graphite, nori, coffee grounds, vanilla and tobacco.  The palate is intensely concentrated, with a superbright tension building freshness and precision as layer upon layer of fine polished tannins give pinpoint detail alongside signature, exacting, levels of finesse.

Coleraine ‘22 is a modern reprise of what make’s Coleraine iconic, a wine balancing past and future, heritage and innovation. This is a statement wine, one that lingers both on the palate and in the mind.

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Our notes

"Tremendous persistence and wonderful structure...A great wine."

99 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“Exceptional concentration…Majestic.”

98 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

“Elegant…perfumed and expressive.”

96 Points – James Suckling, jamessuckling.com


96 Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

“Concentrated but so fresh in the same breath…Beautiful.”

96 Points – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front


The Real Review

Deep, brooding purple-red colour with a concentrated berry fruit bouquet laced with cedar, violets and dried herbs, gorgeous fruit and classy oak embellishment. The wine is full bodied and powerful, with a generous serving of fine grained tannins that add length, authority and a drying but supple finish. Tremendous persistence and wonderful structure. A great wine, that will richly reward long-term cellaring. Date: Jan 2024; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $160.00; Drink: 2026-2044; Rating: 99 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review

Huon Hooke

Wine Orbit

The ‘King of the Grape’ Cabernet Sauvignon comes to the fore with its flatteringly classy presence. This is captivating and totally seductive on the nose, exhibiting blackcurrant, violet, game, anise, subtle tobacco and cedary oak characters, leading to a powerfully concentrated palate displaying considerable depth and exceptional concentration. Harmonious too, it’s gloriously structured and balanced with a firm grip, yet the tannins are just right and seamlessly infused. Perfectly proportioned, this 2022 has the majestic feel that each previous Coleraine possess. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot & 3% Cabernet Franc. Date: Jan 2024; At its best: 2032 to 2052; Price: $165.00; Rating: 98 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit

Sam Kim

The Wine Front

Black fruit, some red, pencil lead, a little aniseed and floral perfume, nori, baking spice, pimento, slight vanilla. Medium-bodied, a fair bit of chew, dark fruit and dark chocolate, porcini mushroom umami, grainy tannin, concentrated and chewy, earthy and ferrous, with a bright line of very ‘mineral’ acidity on a long finish. Excellent, albeit a more Cabernet focussed expression of Coleraine, which marks it out as being different, and on that point such a worthy of addition to the cellar, though of course the wine is outstanding irrespective of that. Date: Dec 2023; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $160; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2027-2046+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Gary Walsh

Robert Parker Wine Advocate
It is clear to me that the Coleraine from Te Mata is New Zealand’s greatest Cabernet blend—this was emphasized after the time spent in the vineyards. The level of detail and attention paid to determining and managing vine vigor through the use of varied and appropriate cover crops, vine exertion during the growing season and tannin management in the vineyard is staggering. The 2022 Coleraine is laden at this stage with the outrageous attractiveness of youth. I mean, it’s irresistible. There’s raspberry, nori, rose petals, coffee grounds, star anise, salted licorice, sun-dried kelp/nori, warm pine and layers of peppercorns. In the mouth, the wine is so fresh, so alive, with so much energy, but it already is showing the svelte line of this house, this place. With a hint of raw cocoa laced through the finish, I’m sad to push this glass away. It will be the last time that I taste it for a while. A ripper. Excellent. This is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Having spent two hours in the vineyards prior to this tasting, the level of detail and viticultural care fills me with comfort and confidence, even more than I already had. It’s great. These older vineyards are looked after to absurd detail. Every 1% pays off, and that is the defining difference between a good estate and a great one.

Erin Larkin

Producers notes

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards.

We produce eleven wines from classical vineyard areas in Hawke’s Bay. With their complexity, structure and balance these wines reward careful cellaring through continued evolution in bottle.

Te Mata wines are produced exclusively from our Hawke’s Bay vineyards. Well-chosen sites and a generous climate underpin Hawke’s Bay’s quality reputation as a wine-growing region.

Wines have been made here for over a century. Te Mata Estate has been at the forefront of the modern rejuvenation of the New Zealand wine scene for the last forty years. We are large enough to be well-resourced but small enough to concentrate on detail.

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate is one of the few New Zealand wineries with roots in the nineteenth century. We remain family-owned, proud of our inheritance and committed to the future.

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